A blessed Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to you!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Patroness of the Carmelite Order, appeared to the saintly general superior of the Order, St. Simon Stock, on today’s date in 1251. Assuring him of Her special protection over Her Order, She directed him to institute a confraternity of the faithful dedicated to Her service and wearing Her livery, whose members would likewise experience Her unfailing solicitude for their salvation.
Today, more than 700 years later, Our Lady’s promised protection is more urgently needed than ever. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared to the three children of Fatima during the Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917, holding out a Brown Scapular. As Sister Lucy said, “Our Lady held the Scapular in Her hands because She wants us all to wear it.”
Let us remain steadfast in this beautiful devotion, showing ourselves to be ever beneath Our Lady’s mantle, particularly in these dark days which precede the promised Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. May She hasten the day in which Her prophecy and promise to St. Dominic are fulfilled: “One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, I will save the world!”
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